Hello, everyone. My name is Justin and I am in my second semester of the Written Communication MA program, with a professional writing focus. I am an EMU alumnus – I graduated in 2013 with a BS in English and a Philosophy minor. Prior to my pursuit of higher education, I was on a special duty in the Marine Corps, guarding embassies abroad.

It seems as though I am in good company; I too identify as a nerd! I especially enjoy tabletop gaming, and have a particular love for Dungeons & Dragons. Unfortunately, I don’t have as much time to play as I would like; on top of taking two courses this semester, I work full time at the University of Michigan Health System doing communications work for the IT department, am a new home owner, have a seven-month old puppy, and am planning my wedding for this August.

As I mentioned in my in-class introduction, I do a good deal of design work in my career; however, I have had little formal or theoretical training in visual rhetoric. I look forward to exploring this topic and getting to know all of you better throughout these next few months!